Chair of the Center for Music Therapy since 2004 and a Music Therapist at The Music Settlement since 1988, Ronna Kaplan, MA, MT-BC, has served clients from premature infants to adults through age 103 with varied disabilities and levels of functioning. Ronna earned a B Mus in Music Therapy and Music Education from Michigan State University and a MA in Special Education from Kent State University. She holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University, as well as certificates in DIRR/FloortimeTMBasic Course, Orff Level I, and Neurologic Music Therapy. Ronna has conducted research on the effects of music on premature infants and on music therapy program goals and outcomes for clients with autism spectrum diagnoses. She taught Music Therapy Practicum and Adapted Percussion classes at Baldwin-Wallace University for 14 years.
A Past President of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Ronna co-chaired AMTA’s Autism Think Tank/Task Force from 2008-2009, led the AMTA Diversity Task Force from 2010- 2015, and served as co-chair of AMTA’s Early Childhood Music Therapy Network from 1994-2006. Ronna has published book chapters, articles, and music therapy columns for the Huffington Post; guest lectured at colleges and universities; and presented nationally and internationally. She has received the Association of Ohio Music Therapists Past Presidents' Club Award, the AMTA Professional Practice Award, the Great Lakes Region of AMTA’s Service Award and their Honorary Life Member Award.
Currently, Ronna serves as a member of AMTA’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force Work Group and is an Associate editor for Music Therapy Perspectives, one of AMTA’s journals. She is Chair of the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations (NCCATA) and a member of the Cuyahoga County Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.
MA, Special Education, Kent State: B.Mus., Music Therapy and Music Education, Michigan State University